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The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan kickstarts the festivities with the Diwali in London reception

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London is open to people from all communities – as Londoners we don’t just tolerate each other’s’ differences but embrace them. Bringing this fact to light is London’s joyous celebration of Diwali at Trafalgar Square. A celebration where London’s Hindu, Jain and Sikh communities come together to celebrate and to share the festivities with people from all backgrounds.

Welcoming this very festival of lights, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan along with the Diwali in London committee held a gala reception at The Lalit, where Gurinder Chadha and Shekhar Kapur were present as well.

This year not only celebrates the 16th Diwali in London celebrations, but also the India-UK Year of Culture, making it an apt time to announce his historic tour to India and Pakistan, making him the first London’s mayor to visit both the countries. Talking about his tour he said: “As someone whose grandparents were born in India, and whose parents moved to London from Pakistan, I feel a deep affinity for the subcontinent. But what excites me most about this trip is that I know it can deliver real benefits for Londoners. Benefits in terms of business and trade, jobs and investment, and in terms of cultural and technological exchange.” Along with that he even looks forward to learning a bit of Kabaddi – a sport born in the sub-continent but which is slowly making its way to the UK.